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Tech Report: Taipei ’05 – The Beat Goes On – (continued)

For triathletes, Profile offers the TriStryke saddle, which in additionto a huge center vent and titanium rails boasts notches underneath at thefront and rear to make racking your bike easier in the transition area.At 275 grams, the TriStryke is available now.PZ ComponentsPZ Components is the new name for Pazzazz, a moniker that never caughton for reasons we'll let others decide. But the attractions of PZ's partsare undebatable: nice design, great features, and attractive pricing. PZ's focus in recent years has been on composite technology, and this year thecompany is offering

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The Dura-Ace tubeless rim is externally reinforced at every spoke

The Dura-Ace tubeless rim is externally reinforced at every spoke

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Tristryke triathlon saddle has notches underneath, front and rear, to aid racking the bike in the transition a ...

Tristryke triathlon saddle has notches underneath, front and rear, to aid racking the bike in the transition a …

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For triathletes, Profile offers the TriStryke saddle, which in additionto a huge center vent and titanium rails boasts notches underneath at thefront and rear to make racking your bike easier in the transition area.At 275 grams, the TriStryke is available now.PZ Components
PZ Components is the new name for Pazzazz, a moniker that never caughton for reasons we’ll let others decide. But the attractions of PZ’s partsare undebatable: nice design, great features, and attractive pricing.

PZ’s focus in recent years has been on composite technology, and this year thecompany is offering its top-level components in white “carbon” (aluminizedfiberglass over a carbon base) as well as traditional black carbon.

PZ’snew compact composite crank is a bargain, at $350 in black or $400 in white,both with 50-34 rings. But PZ is also making a foray into less-expensiveterritory with its aluminum line, and its compact crank there, with thesame rings, will sell for about $175 when it ships in May.

Selcof
Speaking of black and white carbon, one of the originators of the trend,Selcof, has added white versions to its new Premium line. Not shown verywell in our photo is the comfortable shape of the Premium Flat bar top,which fits the hands perfectly and makes a great perch for long rides.The Premium Flats clock in at about 320 grams and are available in 40,42 and 44 cm widths. Also not shown, unfortunately, is a new range of roadand mountain stems, so go to www.selcof.it for details.

The secret to the Selle Italia Signo's ride revealed.

The secret to the Selle Italia Signo’s ride revealed.

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Selle Italia
Selle Italia’s new Signo is already a best seller, just months afterintroduction, and in Taiwan Selle Italia’s Steven Merlini showed off the secret to the Signo’s great ride. In addition to its Gel Flow or GenuineGel (your choice) top, the Signo has a special base that is able to movewith the rocking motion of the rider. The red elastomers visible in thephoto control the degree of motion allowed, and the most amazing thingis that the whole system adds virtually no weight, with Signos coming inunder 250 grams. With a suggested retail of $160, the Signo also boaststubular Vanox stainless steel rails and a Lorica cover.

Selle San Marco
Selle San Marco has been making news with its new lightweight Reversaddle, which features a split tail for independent movement under thesit bones and titanium rails with magnesium mounts for light weight (about195 grams). But Luigi Girardi, lead singer in Selle San Marco’s three-brotherband, is just as happy to point to his concho and fur bejeweled creations,which have no name, as far as we know, but are funny as hell to look at.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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What his fratelli Luca and Giovanni think of these hijinks is unclear,but as long as the Rever continues to set new standards for comfort, who’scomplaining? And by the way, if you want something like one of these instead,Luigi will be happy to build it for you.

The Dura-Ace tubeless wheel hub appears to be the same as that on the current wheel.

The Dura-Ace tubeless wheel hub appears to be the same as that on the current wheel.

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Shimano
Shimano was not ready to show off its 2006 line quite yet, but we managedto snap some pictures of the new Dura-Ace tubeless clincher wheel anyway.Two years in development, the wheel features a scandium alloy rim to cutweight without losing strength (the scandium-aluminum alloy’s tensile strengthis pegged at 450 MPa, compared to 6061 aluminum’s 320 MPa). In fact, therim extrusion is only 0.8 mm thick.

To thicken up the spoke holes, reinforcements are brazed on and then, to counteract the loss of hardness from brazing, the rim is heat-treated and stress-relieved to regain all of scandium’s good qualities. The hardness of scandium is said to improve braking over that offered by 6061, and the wear characteristics are said to be better, too. When’s it coming? That, sorry to say, we don’t know, but considering the advanced state of development in the sample we saw, we’d say look forit soon.

SRAM
SRAM’s new X.0 rear derailleur lays woven carbon fiber into an injected-molded glass fiber pulley cage. Three cage lengths are available.

X.0 trigger shifters have carbon covers and adjustable bar clamps

X.0 trigger shifters have carbon covers and adjustable bar clamps

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All are designed to hook up with SRAM’s new X.0 trigger shifters, which have amatching carbon look in their cable reel covers.

The X.0 shifters alsohave fully adjustable clamps for lateral positioning. In fact, you canput the shifters on either side of the brake levers and still get the triggerslined up where you want them.

Tange
Markus Storck, otherwise known as Germany’s Dr. Who, is lending hisdesign expertise and long experience with fiber composites to Tange. Firstup is a new line of road forks, bars and stems, but sometime after thatyou might see the wild fabrication in Storck’s hands here. Molded in onestep from carbon fiber, Storck promises that his as-yet unnamed aerobarwill be light, comfortable, stable and strong.

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